Urban badger research used on BBC’s Autumnwatch

Our research on badgers in the city is featured on BBC’s Autumnwatch.

Ecologists working on the project include Dr Dawn Scott, Assistant Head of the university’s School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences;  Bryony Tolhurst, Senior Lecturer, and Masters’ student Heidi Karlsson.

Dawn Scott and Chris Packha. Picture Kristina Turner

Dr Scott said: “The research we are conducting is looking at how badgers use urban environments and we have collared seven badgers across the city to track where they go and how they have adapted their ecology and behaviour to urban living.”

Remote cameras in a number of key habitats will include Badger Cam, situated by a badger feeding area to watch their nightly activities. In conjunction with the University of Brighton, the team plan to test Brighton badgers to discover whether urban badgers have more of a preference for anthropogenic (human) food than their rural cousins.

Autumnwatch begins 2 November with Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan and Martin Hughes-Games.